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Barney Brown

Barney Brown’s career in Digital Communications has been split between web development and communications teams spanning the education sector, the Forestry Commission and the music industry. As Head of Digital Communications at the University of Cambridge, Barney works in a team of ten focusing on the production of guidelines and assets to aid in the management of thousands of websites and social media profiles.

Joanna Norton

Joanna Norton teaches at the University of the Arts (UAL) in London. She works across colleges and disciplines with students from foundation to postgraduate level. As a creative thinker, her primary area of interest lies at the confluence of divergent disciplines. Her current area of research within Applied Imagination is investigating ways to reimagine science education, to engage those ‘underserved’ by traditional schooling. She is the Founder and Creative Director of Keywords English, a platform which aims to connect classroom practice to global innovations through the medium of literacy. Here, young people are supported with the academic language of school through mobile apps, the first of which is Keywords Biology. Topics explored within the app are mapped to global innovations to illustrate the relevance of learning Biology and to provide teachers and students with models on the creative application of Biology across disciplines.

​Stephen Howell

Stephen Howell is the Academic Program Manager for Microsoft Ireland. In this role he engages lecturers and students of all disciplines and levels with tech talks and curriculum advice. Stephen is a passionate advocate of CoderDojo and Computational Thinking both in and outside the classroom. He developed Kinect 2 Scratch and is a PhD candidate in SMARTLab, UCD on Computational Thinking education with kinaesthetic learning.

Before joining Microsoft he was a software engineer and Computing lecturer on software development education and games based learning.
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